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The undebatable problems with “domestic violence leave”

One of the major reasons that bad and flawed laws get passed is the mortal fear many politicians and commentators have of saying the wrong thing and offending the wrong group. In the age in which we live, for example, it would be viewed as something close in severity to outright racism for a politician or journalist or commentator to be seen arguing that the victims of domestic violence do not deserve almost anything that it is proposed to give them.

By itself, this reticence is evidence of societal progress: Domestic violence is a serious problem, and one which society should use every tool at its disposal to tackle and reduce. The unquestioning support that its victims receive is a welcome sign that, on a superficial level at least, society is moving in the right direction and has broadly the right instincts.

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